John M. Becker

The Dumbest Answer in Pageant History?

Filed By John M. Becker | June 17, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: beauty pageant, beauty pageant questions, Caitlin Upton, Carrie Prejean, Marissa Powell, Miss USA, viral video

marissa_powell.pngAt last night's Miss USA Pageant, Miss Connecticut won -- but thanks to an unfortunate case of word vomit, Miss Utah is the contestant everyone's talking about today.

When celebrity judge NeNe Leakes asked Salt Lake City's Marissa Powell, age 21, for her thoughts on the well-documented wage gap between women and men, she responded thusly:

I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to... figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem, and I think especially the men are... seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem. Thank you.

Yes, that's "create education better." No typos there. Watch Miss Utah's bizarre answer, after the jump.

Some commentators (including the person who uploaded the video above) are calling Powell's blissful romp through the garden of free association "the most nonsensical answer in Miss USA history."

But in my view, that's overstating it a bit. After all, who can forget how Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina 2007, responded when she was asked about Americans' notorious geographic illiteracy?

(With 57.8 million views on YouTube and counting, it looks like most of us remember.)

But for me, the pageant answer that takes the cake is the one given in 2009 by Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, when judge Perez Hilton asked her whether other states should follow Vermont's lead and allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry (remember "opposite marriage," anyone?):

Stupidity and religion-based bigotry: a truly awful combination.

Carrie Prejean is my choice for the worst, most nonsensical answer in Miss USA history. What's yours?


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